[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Shaler 8-9-1994 by Ord. No. 1709. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This ordinance shall be known as the "Township of Shaler Nonexclusive Ambulance Franchise Ordinance."
All ordinances and resolutions and any parts of either thereof which are inconsistent herewith or conflicting herewith shall be and the same are hereby repealed.
This ordinance is to promote the health, safety and welfare of the Township, to provide Shaler Township with a coordinated system of emergency medical care for individuals and improve the efficiency of emergency medical care, the quality of care and the outcomes of medical emergencies, including reducing premature death and suffering related to accidents and other emergencies and nonemergencies, as well as to provide readily available emergency and nonemergency medical facilities within Shaler Township that include communication, transportation and treatment, and to prevent the loss of life and suffering due to an uncoordinated system of emergency medical facilities.
In the construction of this ordinance, the rules and definitions contained in this section shall be observed and applied, except when the context clearly indicates otherwise:
The Township hereby grants to the Shaler Area Emergency Medical Services a nonexclusive franchise to provide primary ambulance service to the residents of the Township, and emergency and nonemergency ambulances services shall be dispatched through the Shaler Area Emergency Medical Services.
The franchise granted by this ordinance shall be for an initial term of 10 years from the effective date of the ordinance.
The right to provide primary ambulance service to the residents of the Township as set forth above shall not be exclusive.
Shaler Area Emergency Medical Services agrees that Shaler Township may review such of its books and records, during normal business hours and on a nondisruptive basis, as is reasonable to monitor compliance with the terms herewith and to protect the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the Township.
In the case of any emergency or disaster, Shaler Township shall utilize its dispatch facilities to best promote the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the Township, including using any and all available emergency medical facilities.
Shaler Area Emergency Medical Services shall not transfer any right, title or interest in the franchise, and such franchise shall not be sold, transferred, assigned or otherwise encumbered in any way, without the prior written consent of the Township.
Shaler Area Emergency Medical Services shall comply in all respects with Act 45 of 1985, the Pennsylvania Emergency Medical Services Act, as well as all other statutes of this commonwealth, including licensures, rules and regulations, and minimum standards of staffing, and upon violation thereof or suspension or refusal by the Department of Health of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to renew a license, the franchise granted herein may be revoked.
The provisions of this ordinance are severable, and if any sentence, term or provision hereof is determined to be illegal or held to be unconstitutional or otherwise held to be invalid, the decision of the court shall not affect or impair any of the remaining provisions. It is hereby declared to be the intent of the Board of Commissioners that this ordinance would have been enacted had such unconstitutional provisions or parts thereof not been included herein.